A day in the life

A day in the life

People often ask us what we do all day living in a desert oasis in a remote part of the Sahara, as if we just sit around all day on a giant pile of sand twiddling our thumbs in the shade of a palm tree. The reality is life here is incredible busy, active and unbelievably sociable...

Honey Harvest

Honey Harvest

Its a beautiful cool Ramadan evening in our little oasis home in the Sahara desert of Egypt. We're gathering and processing our first harvest of honey from our newly installed bees...

Ancient Tools and Farming Practices

Ancient Tools and Farming Practices

Pre-summer is a busy time of year in the little oasis garden farm. Fresh spring water is flowing through the mud and sand water channels, keeping our oasis farm well hydrated as the weather hots up...

Moringa - Nature's Multivitamin Superherb

Moringa - Nature's Multivitamin Superherb

The green tree of Moringa can be found growing all over our little desert oasis ~ its a absolute powerhouse of nutrients and we love it! It's actually one of the most ancient medicines in the world, highly valued by the Greeks, Romans and Ancient Egyptians...

Falcons in the Fireplace

Falcons in the Fireplace

Our closest neighbors are about a 15 minute walk and inside their farm they have a traditional Egyptian mud built pigeon house. After noticing that their baby pigeons were going missing en mass, they decide to inspect, discovering a falcon's nest high up in the structure.

Introducing bees to our garden farm

Introducing bees to our garden farm

As far back as I can remember, I've been fascinated by bees and the incredible medicines that they offer. Honey, propolis, bee pollen, venom and royal jelly are some of the most potent natural medicines that nature provides. Its no wonder bee keepers are some of the longest living people on the planet.

Swings, swings, some of my favourite things.

Swings, swings, some of my favourite things.

One of the reasons I love living here in this dusty, beautiful, strangely dreamy oasis is the Amazigh (Berber) tribal people who call this place home. People here are generally pretty darn happy. The culture makes time for each other and prioritizes the important things in life like family and friends. To live here means one never truly feels alone or excluded from the community. The mentally ill, the old, the young, all are valued and accepted.

Life on the Garden Farm

Life on the Garden Farm

Our garden farm is watered by an ancient Pharonic spring and is abundant in herbs, fruits and happy animals.  We keep goats, chickens, ducks, geese and rabbits which are all pasture fed and organic, and spend their days foraging outside in the sunshine.  We grow herbs, including aloes, moringa, basil, eucalyptus, rosemary and thyme to name just a few.   

Ecological Design and Build

Ecological Design and Build

Throughout our garden farm and home we have co-created with nature.  The buildings are hand made from local mud, salt and wood, assisted by the local Siwan people skilled in organic earth builds.  Our vision was to merge with the ancient landscape and our design inspired by the sacred geometry of a cactus.   Here you can see how our build evolved.